The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

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Re: The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

Post by bartigue » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:14 pm

If the sign is bothering you I can send you my address. I will not ramble on for an hour.
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Re: The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

Post by miker » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:13 pm

Last time I checked (about 7 years ago), Joe Serra was still in business with an attic full of Weber carbs.
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Re: The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

Post by lanciahf » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:27 pm

I was helping Al with his website right up to the time he had his stroke. I would remote into his PC and help him upload images to his website and fix some html issues. I tried to help him make a nicer webpage but he would not listen and wanted to do it his way. Many times we got into arguments and sometimes and he swore he would never talk to me again! He would always call a week or two later. I always had a soft spot for him, not sure why. I do recognize his flaws but it was always fun to talk to him. I loved talking to him about his old Abarth days and about his X1/9 & 030. He offered many times for me to come out and stay wth him, I regret I never went. I do miss his calls which were at all hours of the night since I was in NJ and he was in Ca. He was a nutty guy so full of energy.
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Post by SimcaBertone66 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:43 pm

I actually drive by Joe Serra's s place in Valhalla, NY (not making this up) I should pop in to see what's up and report back to use guys... one way or another as I anm a geezer and he is even more geeezery (it that's a word)
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Re: The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

Post by cgranju » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:32 pm

pick up some carbs & share them with us!
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Re: The late great(slightly insane) Al Cosentino

Post by 128Fiat#97 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:28 am

I talked to Al by phone a number of times back in the late 90's when I started vintage racing a 128. Once he knew I was racing a 128, he was always willing to go on a rambling 30-60 phone call which usually yielded 5-8 minutes of really helpful info on setting up my car. I often called to see if he certain parts in stock. He said he would have to look and call me back, which he never did. I'm a physician, but not a psychiatrist. Still, based on my limited training, I suspected he may have suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. My dealings with him were never uncomfortable, as I think he was intrigued by the fact that someone was racing a 128 sedan like his (albeit much slower), and thus humored my phone calls . I felt bad for him, as his ramblings got worse over the roughly 5 years I called him. I hoped he was getting some professional help, because of the 5-10 minutes he was lucid, his recollection of set up tips for my car were spot on.

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